Letters to Our Daughters

Moms from the iVillage community share their hopes for their daughters and what they've learned about health and happiness (6 Photos)

Valerie Denny on Sep 14, 2011 at 3:01PM

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Letters to Our Daughters

courtesy of Amy Shearn

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Be Gentle with My Baby

Dear Harper,

Today you turn one.  For the past two years or so, I have been focused on you and your physical wellbeing with an intensity usually reserved for scientists studying space spores.  First it was the wanting a hypothetical baby, a platonic little fetus.  Then it was being pregnant, and doing everything I could to help build you a fine, strong body.  Yoga, prenatal vitamins, organic milk, loads of spinach when all I wanted was spoonfuls of cookie dough.  I even tried to think positive thoughts in the hopes that some of this happiness would work its way into the cells of your growing self -– this, while riding the stinking subway to work during rush hour!

(pictured: Amy Shearn and daughter Harper)

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